Bruce Highway Upgrade revised layout released
17 July 2015
Joint release with:
Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports
Federal Member for Fisher
A revised layout for the Bruce Highway upgrade between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway was released today.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the layout was based on several years of planning and community consultation.
“The layout we see today has some differences to the layout released in April 2013 because it takes into account the extensive community feedback received over the last two years,” Mr Truss said.
“The priority for this upgrade is road safety. The current infrastructure is not up to standard, and this upgrade will create a safer road and ease congestion along this section of the Highway.”
Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said environmental factors were a higher priority under the revised layout.
“The project team has had to work within a constrained corridor,” Mr Bailey said.
“These constraints included the Jowarra section of Mooloolah National Park, the Mooloolah River flood plain, the Mooloolah Cemetery and existing private and commercial properties.”
Mr Bailey said the new design layout reduced the effect of the project on the Beerwah State Forest by 11 hectares, compared with the previous draft plan.
“This means only five per cent of the forest will be affected,” he said.
“The Department of Transport and Main Roads is evaluating alternative layouts for the Caloundra Road interchange, in a bid to further reduce the effect on the forest.
“The revised layout makes the boundaries for the upgrade corridor clear, and also allows for potential enhancements during the detailed design phase.”
Federal Member for Fisher Mal Brough is happy community concerns have been heard.
“The upgrade of this stretch of the Bruce Highway is extremely important and I am glad to see that the design has been changed to try to address some of the concerns voiced by the community over the past two years,” Mr Brough said.
“On 23 July I will be holding an information session at Daisy's Place, Glenview at 5pm on the revised design and I encourage everyone with an interest in the upgrade to pop in and see the updated maps.
“In the coming months industry briefings will begin and an Expressions of Interest process proposed to begin in September, with construction is likely to start next year.”
During the detailed design process TMR will work with businesses, environmental groups and the community to further reduce impacts where possible.